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2 charged in Red Line robberies

Two men facing charges of robbing Red Line riders appeared in bond court Sunday.

Sherman Wilson, 55, of the 7400 block of North Ashland Avenue, brandished a silver knife on the Red Line headed toward Howard Street, demanding that a rider hand over his wallet, cellphone and watch, authorities said. Wilson struggled with the victim, pushing him to the ground and taking his watch, prosecutors said.

Wilson was arrested Thursday when a Chicago Transit Authority security guard recognized him from surveillance video of the Red Line attack, prosecutors said. Sherman was arrested at the Jarvis Avenue station in Rogers Park. Chicago Police Department News Affairs did not have information about when the robbery occurred.

Another alleged CTA robber, Justin Harris, 17, of the 500 block of West 81st Place, was arrested Saturday night after snatching an iPhone out of a woman's hand, prosecutors said. The woman chased Harris out of the Red Line station at 79th Street. She waved down police on foot patrol, and the trio caught up to Harris in a nearby parking lot, prosecutors said.

Wilson was charged with felony armed robbery and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond. Harris is charged with robbery and is being held on a $100,000 bond according to jail records.

efmeyer@tribune.com

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